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Sanitation to save Lake Togo (and all other lakes)

Once a tourist attraction, Lake Togo languishes surrounded by sewage outfalls and tons of waste. The short film Trash Lagoon, finalist at the We Art Water Film Festival 5, shows the damage caused by water pollution to fishermen. It is yet another example of how the loss of biodiversity throws a society off balance and how any solution against poverty requires the achievement of universal sanitation.

Floods: much worse if you are poor

The increase in torrential rains expected with climate change increases the risks of flooding almost everywhere in the world. 587 million poor people are the most defenseless and find it much more difficult to recover from a disaster. Among them, 132 million live below the extreme poverty line (USD 1.9 per day). They are the most vulnerable to a disaster caused by rainfall and poor land management.

Going to school with books and… 5 liters of water

The lack of supply in some Tanzanian schools has forced students to bring their own water to class every day. If they don’t bring a full water drum, they must return home. The short Water is not Life, finalist at the We Art Water Film Festival 5, showcases the harsh consequences of water stress for schoolchildren in many East African schools that depend on rainwater to ensure hygiene and nutrition for their students and teachers.

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Desert dust feeds the rain forest

182 billion tons of Saharan dust cross the Atlantic every year, driven by trade winds. This dust settles on the American rain forest providing nutrients that have been essential in its formation and maintenance. Airborne dust has a decisive impact on the evolution of the Earth’s vegetation cover and is an increasingly important factor in the study of climate change.  

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